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Yuki Machida

MA work

Anima

Prosthetic hand development today takes as its focus the development of mechanical functions or aesthetics. We use our hands everyday to pick up objects or open doors. However, we also use hands to interact with people and share our emotions through physical touch, or to feel droplets of rain and wind flowing around our fingers. What if these subtle senses could be picked up by a prosthesis?

Through an exploration of our understanding of neuroplasticity, Anima asks whether static objects like prosthesis can be conceived to allow for human interactions and sharing of emotion through touch.

 The experiments look at providing touch senses to the wearer in a non-invasive way, opposing the current research and progress towards surgical integration of devices into the body to stimulate the nerve cells.



Info

  • Yuki Machida
  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Design

    Programme

    MA Innovation Design Engineering, 2014

  • I work at the intersection of science, the arts and human experience to explore alternative ways of sustaining ourselves or interacting with each other, the environment and the world we live in. My final project at IDE on prosthetic hands for human interaction allowed me to dive into a project with the need for technology, design and exploration of people's perception of a product. I look forward to embarking on a career with a breadth of interdisciplinary projects.

  • Degrees

  • MEng Mechanical Engineering, Imperial College London, 2012
  • Experience

  • Industrial Designer, TECAstudio, Shenzhen, China; Mechanical and Mechatronisc Designer, UROP, Imperial College London; Co-Founder of Murr-ma Prosthesis; Design London Fellow, London, 2011–2012
  • Exhibitions

  • Work-in-progess Show, Royal College of Art, 2014; Rio Tinto Sports Innovation Challenge, Imperial College London, 2013; Rio Tinto Sports Innovation Challenge, Object Gallery, Sydney, 2013; Tech Foresight , Imperial College London, 2014